This information is a few days old, but it is far too important for me to let it go by without mentioning. Solomon has kindly alerted me to an email that circulated to the Islamic Society of Boston’s email list in the midst of the struggle to compel that city to divest from Israel.
Solomon points out that they are now saying their list is unmoderated, so it may be that they do not approve of the sentiments in this message. But I also found it at Al-Jazeerah.info “” again with a disclaimer.
It is interesting that one of the Qur’an’s neck-smiting verses is quoted (8:12), in the context of a clear call for the total destruction of Israel. Since this call is rooted in the traditional understanding of jihad and the assumption that the land belongs to the House of Islam in perpetuity, and since those ideas are closely related to the doctrines of violent jihad that terrorists use to justify their actions, it would be illuminating to know how many among the Islamic Society of Boston actually subscribe to the sentiments in this message “” but that, of course, is a question that in today’s politically correct environment cannot be asked.
Dear Friends of Palestine,
Quite by accident, the Aldermen of Somerville, Massachusetts selected the night of November 9th, 2004 to vote on the Socially Responsible Investment Resolution which recommends that the city’s retirement benefits investment plans be taken out of Israeli security bonds and companies such as Caterpillar which aid in the Israeli occupation army’s war crimes against the civilian population of Palestine.
On the 9th of November, quite possibly the Night of Power, the American people will stand up to the Zionist community. Already, the Zionist telephone hate hotline has been busily threatening and trying to intimidate the Aldermen and their families. We hope that the Aldermen will not be swayed in their decision to avoid investing public money in controversial companies or in countries that the disregard human rights rulings issued by the World Court. There is every reason to believe that the truth will be victorious on that night, for it is the most holy night in the sacred month of Ramadan.
Allah says about the Night of Power: “Ah, What will convey unto thee what the Night of Power is! The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the permission of their Lord, with all decrees. Peace until the rising of the dawn.” (Surat al Qadr 97:1-5). The Night of Power, the night when the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, is called Laylat Al Qadr, and it is the night during which destinies are decided. (See Surat Ad-Dukhan 44:4). Laylat Al Qadr is a night in which angels descend to earth and ascend back to heaven, carrying with them the sincere prayers of the people who are awake.
It is a unique privilege to be able to experience Allah’s mercy and forgiveness on this blessed night when Muslims all over the Boston area, and all over the world, will spend the night awake in prayer and reflection. To receive the Holy Spirit of Allah in this Night of Power is worth more than 84 years of life. The Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, said that he who seeks blessings and guidance from Allah on this Night of Power will have his previous sins forgiven: the ultimate liberation.
Inshallah, this Night of Power will go down in history like John Brown’s uncompromising stand against slavery. Life’s purpose is not just to find linguistic loopholes to evade the clear criteria given to us by our Creator which define right and wrong. For Allah has said: “I answer the prayer of the supplicant when he crieth unto Me. So let them hear My call and let them trust in Me in order that they may be led aright.” (Surat/Chapter al Baqarah 2:186).
Oh Muslims who are praying tonight, remember the good people in Somerville who want their city to divest from Israel, because they are coming up against the Beast, and they will have to make this jihad, but they are not alone. “Victory cometh only by the help of Allah. Lo! Allah is Mighty, Wise.” (Surat Al Anfal 8:10).
If there is even one person in Somerville, Massachusetts, who is attending the Alderman meeting with the weight of a mustard seed of faith in his or her heart, I pray the sky open up and Allah’s glory be made manifest for the sake of bestowing dignity and honor upon the keepers of the holy shrines in the holy land.
If Allah does not grant victory to the Palestinian people, the noble mosques and dignified churches in which the names of the prophets are recalled, will be bulldozed to the ground. If Palestine is crushed, so too will the spirit of humanity be ground into the dirt. Like Rachel Corrie, our back will be broken.
In a grave and deadly hour such as this, the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, prayed for the safety of his companions in the heroic Battle of Badr. “Oh Allah, if this small band of Muslims is destroyed, You will not be worshipped on this earth.” Early in the history of Islam, when it appeared that the enemies of Islam would mass murder the Muslims, the Muslims refused to submit to anything other than Allah. Therefore “Allah willed that He should cause the Truth to triumph.” (Surat Al Anfal 8:5).
It is in such a perilous hour that we live today, when we have no choice but to stand up against the raging Beast consuming all that is beautiful and holy on this earth, because this is not just about doing our moral duty towards our brothers and sisters in Palestine, but this is about being willing to follow in the footsteps of the prophets. We all have to be willing to uphold universal principles of justice as defined by Allah through Moses, Jesus and Mohammed, peace be upon them, not justice as the pro-Israel public relations agents redefine it.
“Allah Almighty says: (When ye sought help of your Lord and He answered you, saying): “I will help you with a thousand of the angels, rank on rank.” Allah appointed it only as good tidings, and … remove from you the fear of Satan, and make strong your hearts and firm (your) feet thereby when thy Lord inspired the angels, (saying:) “I am with you. So make those who believe stand firm. I will throw fear into the hearts of those who cover up the Truth. Then smite the necks and smite of them each finger.” (8:9-12).
The State of Israel is the primary threat to World Peace today, especially in that it controls American politics. The American people have a duty to break the neck of the State of Israel by cutting off its supply of funding. We must kill the stranglehold that the supporters of Israel have placed upon our throats. These criminals have destroyed our democracy with the Patriot Act, ruined our economy with useless wars designed to make Israel the world superpower, they have printed lies in the newspapers that resulted in thousands of innocent Muslims to be imprisoned indefinitely without charge, tortured, and degraded. These people would knowingly put another family out of their home, and then happily move into their house. These people, dual citizen Israeli-Americans, are willing and eager to put American lives at risk just so they can enjoy stolen real estate at bargain prices available only to themselves.
On the 9th of November, when the organized Jewish community will attempt to deny, justify, or downplay Israeli war crimes, the American people will say no to Israel’s occupation of Palestine. I pray Allah give the good people of Massachusetts the right words to say, and the courage to declare total opposition to Israel’s use of our money. We must all thank these good Americans for standing up for all Americans’ right to make socially conscious decisions in regards to their investments.
Any of you who believe in angels, this is the night for us to wake up and believe there is such a thing as Truth. Allah will send down His reinforcements like He did in that great battle centuries ago. Allah will back us up with 1000 angels. The Battle of Badr showed the world that a small group of people armed with the truth can prevail against those who wish to prevent the truth from being spoken.
True peace is the submission of the heart to make the decision to do the right thing no matter what the cost. This kind of peace exists within, and is not dependent on the evildoers’ willingness to cease bombing those who refuse to worship the Beast. For we know that we too could face torture like Jesus faced at the hands of the Romans, or like our friends in Guantanamo, Israel’s prisons, and Abu Ghraib.
On this night the testimony will be made about the truth of Israeli war crimes on American soil, in a government building, on live TV. Whether we are in Somerville at the Town Hall, or saying a prayer in the masjid (mosque), or tucking our kids into bed on that night, we should all be clear that if we are ever to succeed in taking this first step towards divesting from Israel, this is the night we could really do it.
All of you who are seeking the victory of Allah on behalf of the Palestinian people who are hungry, afraid, and abandoned, in these holy nights at the end of Ramadan, God willing, this is the night for salvation, for victory, for success.